Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Franck Kessie race, Gunners target Noussair Mazraoui, Pepe and Elneny may LEAVE

ARSENAL return to Premier League action this weekend against Liverpool as they look to continue their winning streak.

A number of Gunners youngsters starred over the international break and impressed, with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka netting for England.

And Arsenal are eyeing a move for Ajax wonderkid Noussair Mazraoui, who could be available at a bargain price in January.

Meanwhile, Nicolas Pepe could be on his way out of the exit door in January with Newcastle, Everton and Crystal Palace linked with £72m winger.

Plus Arsenal have joined rivals Tottenham and Manchester United in the race to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, reports say.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal have joined rivals Tottenham and Manchester United in the race to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, reports say.

    The 24-year-old's deal at the Serie A club expires next summer and he is attracting interest from a host of top European clubs.

    And according to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal will go toe-to-toe with their rivals and European juggernauts to sign the Ivorian.

    Kessie can agree a pre-contract from January 1, leaving Milan in a vulnerable position.

    Meanwhile, William Saliba could be in line for a new Arsenal deal even though he's NEVER played a senior game for the club.

    The 20-year-old is currently out on his third successive loan spell, which expires in the summer.

    But Emirates chiefs see tying him down to an extension in the New Year as 'critical,' according to The Athletic.

    Finally, Arsenal want to sign Renato Sanches in a cut-price transfer in January, according to reports.

    The Lille star, 24, is out of contract in France at the end of the season.

    And with Mikel Arteta set to lose Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny to the Africa Cup of Nations, Sanches could be brought in early in the New Year.

    According to Le10 Sport, the Ligue 1 champions are open to selling the asset when the transfer market reopens to avoid letting him go for free in the summer.

  • Anthony Chapman

    NEXT UP

    Let's take a look at Arsenal's next five games as the Premier League returns this weekend…

  • Anthony Chapman

    PARTEY TIME

    Arsenal have been handed a major fitness boost with Thomas Partey available to face Liverpool.

    The midfielder had been struggling with a groin issue ahead of this weekend's crunch clash.

    But Mikel Arteta will be able to call upon Partey after he returned to full training this week.

  • Anthony Chapman

    KESS CHASE

    Arsenal have joined rivals Tottenham and Manchester United in the race to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, reports say.

    The 24-year-old's deal at the Serie A club expires next summer and he is attracting interest from a host of top European clubs.

    And according to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal will go toe-to-toe with their rivals and European juggernauts to sign the Ivorian.

    Kessie can agree a pre-contract from January 1, leaving Milan in a vulnerable position.

    The Serie A giants could lose one of their most prized possessions for nothing, which could open the door to an early January transfer if new terms can't be agreed.

  • Anthony Chapman

    WILL BE BACK

    William Saliba could be in line for a new Arsenal deal even though he's NEVER played a senior game for the club.

    The 20-year-old is currently out on his third successive loan spell, which expires in the summer.

    But Emirates chiefs see tying him down to an an extension in the New Year as 'critical,' according to The Athletic.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FAB IDEA

    Cesc Fabregas has hinted at a move into management by showing a picture of a tactics board.

    But is his formation too attacking?

    As an ex-Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea man, Fabregas would certainly have plenty of ideas to give to the game.

  • Anthony Chapman

    PORT OF CALL

    Arsenal want to sign Renato Sanches in a cut-price transfer in January, according to reports.

    The Lille star, 24, is out of contract in France at the end of the season.

    And with Mikel Arteta set to lose Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny to the Africa Cup of Nations, Sanches could be brought in early in the New Year.

    According to Le10 Sport, the Ligue 1 champions are open to selling the asset when the transfer market reopens to avoid letting him go for free in the summer.

    And it is understood the Gunners have already made their intentions clear to Sanches' representatives and the club.

  • Anthony Chapman

    AL BE DAMNED

    Arsenal are reportedly only willing to offer Alexandre Lacazette a short-term deal as he approaches the end of his contract.

    The 30-year-old is set to become a free agent next summer and is free to speak to foreign clubs in the New Year.

    But according to The Athletic, Mikel Arteta's side haven't ruled out the possibility of extending his stay.

    However, they are refusing to offer him a long-term deal, and are only prepared to offer him a short-term contract after previous issues with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Willian.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ONE IN EMILE

    Former Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna has lauded Emile Smith Rowe as he declared the starlet has justified being given the iconic No10 shirt.

    Sagna said: "He’s been amazing. He’s been impressing me a lot.

    "Initially I wasn’t sure about Arsenal giving him the No10, I thought it was a bit early, but he’s mature for his age and shown he deserves it.

    "Sometimes when you have players wearing the No10, they think they’ve made it already and I was worried about him having too much pressure, and how he would deal with it.

    "Playing for Arsenal isn’t easy and with his responsibilities now for the national team, it could be a lot.

    "But he’s been brilliant for the club, in all aspects of the game, he doesn’t hide on the pitch."

  • Anthony Chapman

    ON THE MO-VE

    Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is poised for a January free transfer – with Galatasaray leading the race.

    The Turkish giants have reportedly already held talks with the Egypt star after having a September bid rejected.

    And Fanatik even claim negotiations are at the 'signing stage' – ahead of a possible deal in the next transfer window.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ODE TO JOY

    Martin Odegaard has named Sergio Ramos and Virgil van Dijk as the two toughest defenders he’s played against.

    The Arsenal star said: "That’s a hard one, of course I have to mention Sergio Ramos, I played against him a couple of times In Spain.

    "Also Virgil van Dijk, I played against him with the national team, so I would say those two maybe. They were tough."

  • Anthony Chapman

    FLASHBACK

    Arsenal haven’t won a Premier League game at Liverpool in nine years.

    Boss Mikel Arteta was in the starting XI that day.

    But who else featured for the Gunners?

    Find out below!

  • Justin Lawrence

    KOP BLOW

    Arsenal have been handed a huge boost ahead of their weekend clash with Liverpool.

    Kop boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that the Reds will be without midfield trio James Miner, Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino for the Prem clash.

    Speaking before the tie, Klopp said: "For all three of Milner, Keita and Firmino, the manager believes they are “getting closer,” though none of the trio will be involved against Arsenal.

    “Naby and James are in a good way as well, getting closer.

    “Probably next week we expect them being back in team training, let’s see what that means for the Porto game – but not for the weekend, they are not available.

    “Bobby [is] getting closer but not for the weekend. We’ll see, that will take a little bit longer still.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    TOP GUNNERS

    Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have taken the Premier League by storm this year, and Joe Cole believes that the duo are worth 'at least £100million'.

    The two Hale End Academy graduates have each made 13 appearances so far this season, and have registered seven goals and four assists between them.

    And former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole heaped praise on the Arsenal starlets whilst appearing on the All to Play For Podcast this week, saying: “Smith Rowe, he is holding Arsenal together.

    “What is 21 or 22? He’s the man they look to, him and Saka.

    “Young players are a commodity now. At Arsenal now, Saka and Smith Rowe, that must be at least £100 million worth of players.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    HUGE LOSS

    Arsenal legend Michael Thomas reckons Arsenal Wenger was a huge loss to the club that they haven't yet recovered from.

    He told CaughtOffside: "Arsene leaving was a massive loss for Arsenal.

    “The club needed to put more money into the team which they’re now doing, but his ability to find players would have made that job even easier.

    “The club being managed by one person for so long was always going to take its toll on the next managers, as well as the people behind the scenes, because Arsene did so much.

    "It would be great to see him be a part of the club still in some capacity.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    LONG TIME

    Albert Sambi Lokonga's agent has lashed out at Roberto Martinez for not giving the midfielder more minutes on the pitch during the international break.

    Lonkonga's been a revelation at Arsenal this season since joining in the summer but he cut a forlorn figure on Belgium's bench against Estonia and Wales.

    The 20-year-old's agent Stijn Francis was perplexed by Martinez's decision to bench Lokonga and took to Twitter to vent his frustrations.

    He wrote: "10 matches at the number 5 of the premier league: 0 minutes in the last two matches of the Belgian national team. What a wealth we have.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    BAC ROWE

    Emile Smith Rowe's performances this season have convinced Bacary Sagna that he deserves Arsenal's No10 shirt.

    Ex-Gunner Sagna had doubts that Smith Rowe could handle the responsibility that comes with the number, but he's proven the Frenchman wrong with a string of impressive performances.

    Speaking to the Metro, Sagna said: "He’s been amazing. He’s been impressing me a lot.

    "Initially I wasn’t sure about Arsenal giving him the number 10, I thought it was a bit early, but he’s mature for his age and shown he deserves it.

    "Sometimes when you have players wearing the No.10, they think they’ve made it already and I was worried about him having too much pressure, and how he would deal with it."

  • Justin Lawrence

    ED-ACHE

    Jamie Carragher has blasted Arsenal director Edu for signing Chelsea veterans David Luiz and Willan.

    Both the Brazilian stars were over 30 when Arsenal brought them from their West London rivals and Carragher can't get his head round why Edu decided to sign the pair.

    He said: “When you’re talking about Edu as sporting director. You’re bringing David Luiz in and you’re bringing Willian in – two rejects from Chelsea.

    “I’m just scratching my head thinking, ‘I can’t get behind this, it’s wrong, it doesn’t work’.

    “Of course you’re allowed to make mistakes, but make the right mistakes.

    “Why are you buying rejects from Chelsea who are over 30? And then giving them big deals and you can’t get rid of them? That’s a mistake before it’s happened. That’s just stupid.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    YOUNG GUNS

    Jamie Carragher says Mikel Arteta's current Arsenal side to the Liverpool team that thrived under Gerard Houllier.

    Carragher was a staple in Houllier's Reds when he took over from Roy Evans and then led the club to several trophies despite missing out on the Prem and Champions League.

    And pundit Carragher can see similarities between what Arteta's doing at Arsenal and what Houllier brought to Anfield.

    Houllier got rid of Liverpool's old guard such as Robbie Fowler and Paul Ince and brought in fresh blood like Carragher and Steven Gerrard, which is what Arteta's doing now with youngsters like Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka.

    Carragher told Ian Wright: "It reminds me a little of us at Liverpool with Gerard Houllier where he got rid of (Paul) Incey, Phil Babb, (Jason) McAteer, Robbie Fowler – that sort of Roy Evans era.

    "Then it was like me, Danny (Murphy), Stevie Gerrard, Michael Owen, John Arne-Riise, a few foreign players, this young team coming together.

    "We never won the league or the Champions League but we won a few trophies and that's the team I'm most fond of when I look back at my career because there's nothing better than playing with your mates.

    "I think these (Arsenal) lads over the next two or three years will need more to win the league or Champions League but could be winning a couple of FA Cups or Carabao Cups."

  • Justin Lawrence

    BRONCKEN HEART

    Giovanni Van Bronckhorst has his eyes set on Mikel Arteta's job and one day managing his former club Arsenal.

    The 46-year-old is on the brink of replacing Steven Gerrard at Rangers, where the Dutchman also spent time as a player.

    But the ex-midfielder has admitted in the past that he dreams of being manager of Arsenal in the future.

    Van Bronckhorst told talkSPORT back in 2018: "As a player, I had dreams and as a coach I have the same. Every coach wants to be involved in the big competitions.

    "My ambitions are clear, but I also know that in football you can have ambitions but you never know how your career will proceed."

  • Justin Lawrence

    GUNNER DO IT

    Gabby Agbonlahor reckons Arsenal can get the better of Liverpool this weekend if they exploit the Red's injury crisis.

    He told Football Insider: “If you are looking at this Liverpool team at the weekend with those injuries, Arsenal should now be favourites and look to take advantage.

    “There are a lot of key players who might be out. Liverpool, for me, did not add enough depth to their squad over the summer.

    “If Firmino and Mane are out, Arsenal can double up on Mo Salah and let the ball go out to Takumi Minamino or Origi because they’re not as much of a threat.

    “It will be a tough game for Liverpool. Arsenal have got a chance to beat them. This is a test for them. Let’s see where they are against Liverpool on the back of those injuries.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    RAM PRIDE

    Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale’s work ethic and professionalism has made him a success, according to his ex-Sheffield United goalkeeping coach Matt Duke.

    Duke claims Ramsdale’s key attributes stood out to him when they worked together before the England stopper moved to Arsenal this summer.

    And as Ramsdale, who won his first Three Lions cap last week, stock continues to rise, Duke revealed he’d always be proud that the Gunners No.1 was associated with the Blades.

    He beamed to Yorkshire Live: “What stood out for me, personally, was his work ethic every day.

    “He is dedicated to his profession, his rise is deserved and here at Sheffield United we will continue to monitor his progress with a sense of pride that he has been associated with the club.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    FAB-TASTIC 

    Legendary Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro says he wouldn't have 'feared' facing Cristiano Ronaldo or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    Cannavaro instead highlighted Tottenham aces Son Heung-min and Harry Kane as two 'very strong' players.

    The 48-year-old says Son, in particular, has 'impressed' him the most.

    Speaking exclusively to SunSport, Cannavaro said: "Son and Kane are very, very strong.

    "The Korean is the one who impressed me the most.

    “Aubameyang is also a terrific player, like Ronaldo. But I wouldn’t have feared them."

  • Justin Lawrence

    SAG YOUR BAGS

    Former Arsenal star Bacary Sagna reckons Paul Pogba should leave Manchester United.

    Sagna, who played alongside Pogba for France says the ex-Juve star loves United but doesn’t know if the club’s fans feel the same way towards him.

    He told the Metro: “I don’t know if he belongs at Manchester United. I’d love to see him shining in the team – he loves Manchester.

    “I don’t want to speak for him, but it seems like things have been a little difficult between him and the fans at times because they expect so much from him.

    “They want him to be perfect because he’s so charismatic on the pitch and can create so much space they want him to do everything.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    GAME OF KESS

    Arsenal have joined rivals Tottenham and Manchester United in the race to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, reports say.

    The 24-year-old's deal at the Serie A club expires next summer and he is attracting interest from a host of top European clubs.

    And according to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal will go toe-to-toe with their rivals and European juggernauts to sign the Ivorian.

    Kessie can agree a pre-contract from January 1, leaving Milan in a vulnerable position.

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